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Failed IVFs, DOR, High Prolactin, Microadenoma, Uterine Septum, Failing Ovary, told I needed an egg donor, natural pregnancy

Hi everyone! I never thought I would be posting here! I used to read these stories for inspiration. I hope that this can also serve to help someone else on their TTC journey. I was TTC for over 4 years and I just got my first ever BFP this week! My story: After 2 years of TTC we decided to see a specialist. It turned out I had high prolactin levels caused by a benign pituitary tumor (microadenoma). After I had an MRI, they gave me Dostinex which worked effectively and lowered my prolactin levels. I figured once they levels were low I would get pregnant. I was wrong. Another year went by and nothing. We decided to see a gynecologist who did tier 1 infertility treatments and I took Clomid (that made me crazy!). Clomid also did not work for me. It was at that point we decided to see a Reproductive Endocrynologist (we had to fly to another city since there is none where I live). The RE diagnosed me with Diminished Ovarian Reserce (DOR), and said my left ovary was not functioning properly (possibly POR). Basically, my left ovary was asleep. After I did my first IVF cycle and two transfers, they both failed. After that, they did a hysterpscopy and discovered I had a small, yet significant uterine septum that they surgically cut out. They also gave me an endometrial scratch. I was pretty positive my next IVF attempt would be successful. On my 2nd cycle of IVF (3rd transfer) they did assisted hatching as well. I had 3 high-quality day 5 embryo's (which is a LOT for someone with DOR), however that cycle also failed. I was very sad following all these years of failures when the doctor told me that I needed a donor egg due to poor egg quality. I was obviously heartbroken with this news, but I eventually accepted the idea, and became excited about it. I actually decided I would try this. Before getting into the egg donation process, I read the book "It Starts with an Egg" and followed some of the book's advice by taking 600 mg coq10/day, vitamin e, folic acid, prenatals, and exercising regularly. I also ate a lot of eggs, meat, veggies, and cheese. I figured I could test my luck naturally before using an egg donor. To my surprise, this worked! Two months after my final failed IVF cycle, I got a NATURAL bfp with my OWN eggs!! I am still in shock! The week before my BFP, I had signed up for the egg donor process, too! I literally had given up on my own eggs. I also had light brown spotting for WEEKS before getting my BFP. I thought my period was just taking forever to arrive. I know that everyone is different and that infertility is a huge struggle. I hope that this story can bring some people hope :) Best of luck! <3
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BFP after 7 months of trying!

We have been trying to conceive for 7 months and I am so happy to say that we are finally expecting our baby! I had the Mirena IUD for almost 5 years and had it removed in August of 17'. Each month we would use OPK's and BD at all the appropriate times but nothing was happening. We were also using preseed except the month we conceived! I was charting using Ovia and with this I realized that my LP is only 11 days which is on the shorter end of normal. I was feeling a lot of anxiety about it and was worrying that there was something else wrong. In Dec I met with my OB for a yearly physical and she said to let her know if a few months if nothing happened yet and she would start with some blood tests. She wasn't too concerned with my LP length. My husband was starting to take steps as well to make sure it wasn't something on his end. In Feb he met with a dr that specializes in male reproduction and had blood work and a SA. Everything came back good! This was a huge relief. His Dr recommended Fertilaid for both of us so we started taking this as well. About a week later we met again with my OB to discuss further testing for me. She ran a bunch of blood work and wanted to get me scheduled for an HSG and Follicle US. All my blood work came back great! I felt like all of stress was melting away! The day I scheduled my HSG is when I found out I was pregnant! I was 9DPO, no unusual symptoms other than some spotting which was implantation bleeding. I am now 4 weeks 2 days and praying that this is a sticky little bean! I've been having seriel HCG's drawn and my #'s have been increasing nicely! I know it can be discouraging and how much anxiety can go with this process. I really think that by getting ourselves tested early on helped ease my anxiety about it all and helped us to conceive.

First IVF, Endo and bleeding

My 5 year wedding anniversary it’s in May, but we started TTC exactly 5 years ago to this month of March. I had 28 back then and no knowledge at all that I had Endometriosis. Around December of that first year I went to my annual check up with my Gynecologist and said that I need to wait a whole year, because nothing seem wrong (he even ask for a semen exam from my husband). He recommended the ovulation predictor kits, which I use about 2 months, but quit on those because it made me more anxious than I already was. In July of 2014 I came back with my Gyno and he found an endiometroma on my left ovary. At first I felt relieve because I knew what was wrong, and it wasn’t my work, or my physical activity, or the lack of relaxing or not having enough sex. But the more I read and the more I knew about endometriosis, I urdestood what the diagnosis meant. It’s been a hard road, we’ve spent a lot of money in doctors, meds, one laparoscopy, tests, prescribed vacations and therapy; but my marital relationship was my deepest concern, an at this date it still is. This was our first IVF and probably the only one, regardless of the result, because of how expensive this is and has been all the way (we’ve been paying everything). We started the month with the first shot of Gonal, and in the 12th I had the egg retrieval (12 eggs). We waited and lost all but 2 in the long road to what end up being a 5 day transfer or blastocyst transfer on the 17th. Last 26th I got up to pee in the morning and there it was in the toilet paper: blood. At first light brown and by noon bright red. I call my RE and said that I needed to increase the dose of progesterone that I was already taking, and wait till Saturday for my test, but I insisted that it was my period, I had cramps, it had to be, and felt totally defeated. At night, with my head cool down I call again an explain what was happening: I’m not spotting, but i don’t fill up the pad; it’s blood, red clotting blood, but it’s not my period. He told me to take the progesterone and wait to the test. I rested on the 27 and read everything I could find about bleeding but still being pregnant and today I got up and took a urine test, couldn’t wait, but so glad I did because BFP. I told my husband and we cried together, told my RE and prescribe another shot of hormones and rest. I’m still bleeding, I’m still worried, I don’t know how this is going to end, but I needed to share this, because there might be someone like me, considering giving up too soon because of blood, even thow I’m pregnant, until this morning I’m pregnant, and I still can’t believe I was ready to give up Monday afternoon. Don’t be scared just be strong and hope for the BFP even if there is blood.

BFP with spotting after 18 months trying!!! :))

Hi all! Like all the ladies on this wonderful site, I wanted to contribute my story because so many of your stories helped me through the 18 excruciating months of TTC. And let me tell you ladies, I feel like I did everything wrong this month and it still worked out!! So there is always hope :) A little background: short of IUI and IVF my DH and I have tried almost everything! What seemed to work in our favor this month was: - stayed away from Tylenol PM (last three months no sleeping aids. Ladies this one I think really helped, because since I stopped taking Tylenol I've had 2 CP's and now my confirmed BFP, all consecutively since I stopped) - pre seed (just enough to lubricate, nothing more), - vitex (one daily, for the last 6 months. This month I took 2 the day before predicted ovulation day, as I wanted to catch ovulation before I was out of town) - on prenatal vitamins (last 4 months) - drank copious amounts of water (kept hydrated, used MIO electrolytes mixed with lemon juice in water). My cycles are usually 26 days long, with a 5 day menses and shorter luteal phases of 12 days. I usually ovulate around CD 12-14. So now onto the good stuff!! Here my symptoms by DPO: CD 9: fertile window opened BD'd CD 11: started getting EWCM BD'd CD 12: OPK test strip darker than control line CD 13: EWCM major cramps on left: possible O day BD'd 1 DPO: great mood, a little tired and queasy (normal for me after O) Bbs starting to get tender (a little early, usually starts a week before AF) 2 DPO: some more cramping on the left (also possible O day, I had to catch an international flight on CD 14 so O may have been delayed) bbs still tender. Mood is happy and content. 3 DPO: a little jet lagged so drank a strong coffee and felt super twitchy and shaky all day. 4 DPO: tired, but probably still lagged. Bbs tender 5 DPO: heartburn and headache. Trouble sleeping (again probably the lag). Minor cramps. Full feeling in uterus, increased clear CM like EWCM (really strange for me, this usually only happens during O) sorry TMI: there was a lot and I literally felt it coming out! 6 DPO: More EWCM, so weird! Heartburn, headache. Minor cramps. 7 DPO: cramping on the right mainly and a little on the left. Constipated. 8 DPO: minor cramps, caved and tested waaaaay to early of course BFN. 9 DPO: no symptoms, tested again and BFN (or is there the faintest line???? could just be line eyes) 10 DPO: tired and moody. Wanted to kill my DH for no reason. Trouble sleeping. 11 DPO: really bloated and tired. Bbs are still tender!! 12 DPO: feel good mood is elevated and feeling very positive about everything!! 13 DPO: AF due, some minor cramps on the right and then the left. Veeeeeery faint BFP on Walmart cheapie. 14 DPO: officially one day late. Bloated and heartburn. Feeling good mood wise. 15 DPO: no symptoms, in a great mood. 16 DPO: had a faint BFP in the morning, then bad cramping like first CP, some spotting (brown, and very light) in the evening. Thought I was out like the previous 2 months, then tested in the evening and got a BFP a nice visible line, darker than in the morning! Mood was all over the place! 17 DPO: Got up before the alarm. Minor cramps, a little spotting, metallic taste in mouth. BFP line not fading, very good sign!! 18 DPO: woke up super early again. Cramping on the right, still spotting. Test getting darker :) 19 DPO: up early again, feel super energized. Spotting getting lighter, minor cramping in the morning getting worse towards evening. Very sensitive in the evening, still BFP line is not fading. Bloated. BFP on Clearblue digital!! (that didn't happen with CP) :D 20 DPO: spotting almost gone, only visible with BM (sorry for TMI), now spotting is mostly white mixed with a little brown. Bbs still tender, BFP line getting darker :) 21 DPO: lower backache today (on and off the past few days, but today a little more pronounced) heartburn, BFP like still dark. Spotting a little in the morning, then nothing. 22 DPO: woke up with painfully tender bbs! Felt like someone hit them! Still spotting a little throughout the day, some minor cramps and started to feel nauseous when I went shopping this morning. Tired towards the afternoon, but could also be due to waking up so early in the mornings. Right now I'm at 22 DPO. I've been to my GP and she confirmed with a blood test that I'm pregnant :D I have my first OBGYN appointment on Thursday to check that all my levels are where they need to be, as I am 35 and its considered a "higher risk" pregnancy from that age. I'll update as soon as I know more. Thank you all you wonderful ladies for sharing, and I hope this helps someone too! Apologies if its a bit long, but I thought the more details the better, that's what I was always happy to read when I was trying to conceive. Much love and baby dust to you all!!!! XXX

unexpected BFP for baby #2

I know reading the titled "unexpected BFP" when you're trying to conceive is a bit weird but I honestly thought we were out this month. Out of the last couple months we have been actively TTC and all of those months I thought this month is the month ended shattered with BFN & pre AF spotting. Quick back story. I have endo, diagnosed 2 years ago. We have been not trying, not protecting for 5ish months then actively trying for 2 months. I have had a miscarriage not long after finding out I had endo. (endometriosis). This month I tested for my ovulation. I was due to ovulate on the 01/02/2018 with AF due 15/02/2018 day after Valentines Day. Thing is, we completely missed O due to my partner working long days and getting home late and I was asleep as I work a full time job. So we BD 25/01/2018. So either I O'd sooner (which doesn't make sense as I was testing with ovulation strips or his swimmers stuck around for 4 days!!) Normally I get a trillion symptoms and think this is the month! This month was a few but nothing crazy. 1DPO-10DPO *so much lotion like CM. Like and excessive amount. To the point of going to the toilet just to wipe not to actually pee. (TMI) *tired, which I normally am leading up to O day but not so much after. The fatigue stuck around and just continued to get worse. 8DPO sore boobs kicked in. Now this was a bit of a hmm moment. Not because of the timing of sore boobs but the actually soreness of the boobs. Normally it might be underneath or the sides but this was my WHOLE boob. Top, sides, underneath except the nipples. The swelling and the veins. They were just on a whole other level!!! 9DPO *Mild cramps continued from here on out* I got my first wave of nausea after scoffing down my lunch at work and stuck around for a good few hours. 10DPO (implantation spotting - pink, and a few dots about the size of a 5cent coint (aussies) About 1:30am I went to the toilet and had light pink spotting. Weird because that would have made it a 27 day cycle and I average a 31 day cycle. Also my pre AF spotting is day before or morning of and light brown, never pink. I assumed my period was coming back to full flow without the pre AF spotting and just wore a tampon to bed. Gutted and majorly confused. Again, I was not expecting this to be a successful cycle but I did still hold hope with the few symptoms that I did have. 11DPO I woke and checked still no AF, no spotting, nada! So Weird! Boobs still feeling like they're about to explode. So hungry but got full super quick. Very, very fatigued. To the point that I was thinking if i'm not pregnant I need to go to the doctors and get my iron levels checked because this is getting hard to function. 12DPO (today) Still no AF. That's it. I'm going to pee on an ovulation strip and if it comes up postive i'm taking a pregnancy test.(apparently O tests come up positive if you're pregnant) BFN.... Screw it, i'm taking a test any way. Boil the kettle, Dip the test, made my morning coffee, check the test with expectation it will be BFN and BAM 2 lines! NO FREAKING WAY!!!!!! Tested again after work and two instant lines. I'm so happy and so scared at the same time that I'll lose this baby too. So i'm praying to my angels that they don't take this one away from me. Tomorrow being Valentines day, my partner and I don't do presents. We cook for each other, put my son to bed and normally chuck a movie on and just being in each others comfort. This year will be different. I've bought a box and put a pink and a blue jump suit in it, with a pregnancy test and a Valentines day card that has a Winnie the Pooh quote. "A grand adventure is about to begin" I told him I started spotting early, and never told him that it didn't eventuate into a period because I wasn't sure what was going on. So this will generally be a huge shock! Good luck to you all the are still on the TTC journey and when you times comes, which it will. I wish you a happy and healthy 9 months of joy and love.

IUI to AF to BFP

I cannot believe I finally get to submit my BFP story!! EEEK History on DH and I: I am 26 and he is 27. I have minor history of PCOS (one cyst once and told PCOS) and elevated Prolactin (highest recorded: 61). DH has low numbers (<10 million pre wash) and low motility (<20% pre wash). We have been trying to conceive for 3 years. We were put on 3 rounds of clomid (May, June, and August 2017) with no pregnancy success but had positive ovulation tests every time. OBGYN sent us to South Florida IVFMD for further help. Reproductive Endocrinologist suggested IUI since both hubby and I were below average but not so low to where she suggested IVF. She placed me on synthroid (hypothyroidism runs in my family and my numbers were a little too off for their liking) and I started Femera 12/26/2017. IUI was on 01/05/2018 and 01/06/2018 where DH had a 2.4 million/ 65% post wash sample and 600,000/95% post wash sample. I was instructed to either have a beta done or do a HPT 01/18/2018. However, I started spotting 01/16/2018 and thought for sure I was out. I took a FRER HPT 01/18/2018 and saw the faintest line but only if I held it up to the bathroom light. I thought I was making myself crazy and threw it out. 01/20/2018, I starting bleeding very heavily, bled a medium flow the next day, and had two spots of blood 01/22/2018. I went to the doctor to start our second round of IUI where she did a beta pregnancy test only as a formality. Shockingly, she said I was pregnant (Beta: 26) but was probably losing the baby to miscarriage with all the bleeding I experienced that weekend. She placed me on Progesterone suppositories to stop the bleeding and I took another Beta two days after (Beta: 44). Now that they confirmed that I was still pregnant, they were worried about ectopic pregnancy with the beta not doubling. They ordered another Beta Friday (Beta: 96). NUMBERS MORE THAN DOUBLED!! They are not so worried about ectopic now :) Hopefully our little Peanut will continue to grow happily and healthily. I wanted to share because I want all the women out there to know that weird things can happen and you can be pregnant with all of the situations above and more I'm sure. What I did in the month of the IUI that may have helped me get pregnant: Took Prenatal and Vitamin E everyday The day of the IUIs, DH and I BD and I laid down for the rest of the day. After the IUI, ate 1/5 pineapple with core for five days. Also, placed a heating pad either on my back or belly throughout the work day. Lastly, I followed chinese medicine and only drank warm fluids, drank lots of water and tea, and had full fat dairy. I also exercised with walking or jogging every day (not a common thing for me). I also visualized the sperm joining with the egg. I know it sounds weird but some women swear by it and it worked for me :) Other than normal period symptoms, I did not have any pregnancy symptoms the weeks after IUI.

A year for #2! Thought I was out!

We were approaching over a year of TTC #2 with no fertility issues documented. It was my 2nd cycle on Femara and 1st cycle seeing an RE. CD7- First visit with RE. Got an HSG to check tubes. They were clear. Husband has sperm analysis and he was also clear. CD12- Follicle scan. Had one HONKER of a follicle (24mm) so they went ahead and triggered me to ovulate. CD13- Painful ovulation. 1DPO-9DPO- NOTHING. 10DPO- Red spotting. This is normal for me before AF. Thought I was out. 11DPO- Dry, brown spotting. Back had acne ALL over it. Boobs were blue and veiny. Spinach and artichoke dip smell was intense and I made my husband throw it away. 12DPO- No spotting. BFN negative on Amazon cheapie. Tired. Bloating. Couldnt get enough to drink. 13DPO- BFP on Amazon cheapie and digital!!!

BFP at 14DPO after 9 cycles- First time mom

I always said that once I got my BFP I would upload my symptoms to this website since I stared at it month after month trying to see if I would get my BFP that month. This month, the only thing I did differently was not stress over BDing since my fertile week began on Christmas. I didn't use OPKs and we didn't BD everyday like we normally do, but but more followed SMEP according to when I "think" I would have gotten my first positive OPK (which would have been CD13 for me). I also think skipping a day helped. Anywhoooo, I didn't test until the day my AF was due in the afternoon on a dollar tree test and got a faint but very visible positive. The next day, the dr also got a positive urine test. I took one more test yesterday and got a very dark positive line so it is official to me. Here are my symptoms: Shortly after I conceived (idk if it was before implantation or not) but I started coming down with a horrible cold/flu that later turned into what felt like a sinus infection. I never get those Breasts started hurting very early in cycle around 3DPO, but they didn't hurt terribly until around 13DPO (it hurt to lay on them) Creamy CM-- one day it had an interesting smell, I thought I had BV but it went away UTI symptoms- literally peed myself trying to make it to the bathroom at work Heavy low AF like cramping very early in cycle, around 10DPO. It first started during sex, then it happened everyday after but I didn't have any bleeding or spotting, just CM Sore nipples around 12DPO but I sometimes get it before AF All around felt kinda run down but I chalked it up to getting over the cold Diarrhea that didnt wanna come out, like I was constipated Hot and cold all the time Felt exactly like AF was coming only there was no blood at all. On Friday 1/12 when AF was due I took the test and got a positive. The next day, I had lots and lots of creamy mixed with EWCM coming out of me and it had streaks of blood. Lasted off and on throughout Sat and Sun but didn't touch panties or liner. Overall, I just feel kinda tired and crampy every day, but I'm thankful my little bean is getting nice and snug inside of me. Baby dust to you all!

BFP after 4 days of spotting!!

Ladies, I have spent so many countless hours scouring this website for symptoms similar to mind. I made a promise to myself that as soon as I got my BFP, I would post my story for whoever needs to read it!!! Side note: DH and I are both 33 and he has two daughters from previous relationships, ages 8 and 16. This month, I tried to take a more relaxed approach and I didn’t temp once, and since my schedule is pretty much exactly the same every month, we just guessed on ovulation and went with it-here are my symptoms! 1-8 dpo-nothing to speak of 9 dpo-I woke up with a very thick throat like I was coming down with a cold or something. I was SO TIRED all day long and just felt like crap in general. This would have been the day after Christmas so I just figured since I had been around family, I had caught a bug from someone. Surprisingly that night, all my sickness symptoms had let up and I was feeling much better. DH and I bd and when I went to clean up (sorry, tmi) there was a bright streak of red blood on the toilet paper and a little bit more when I wiped again. I was so excited because I thought it might have been implantation and I even called DH over to come look at it with me, lol! 10 dpo-sickness is gone, just very tired. When I wiped after peeing this morning there was pink tinged tissue looking stuff...almost jelly like consistency. Sorry, that’s gross. A little bit of color when i wiped again and then throughout the day I had random spotting (mostly brown tinged with cm) I also had major af like cramps. 11-13 dpo-I have had spotting and pretty heavy af like cramps this entire time. Yesterday it was enough for a pantyliner but today it’s basically just there when I wipe. I have been so frustrated because I always spot a couple of days before my period but today it got lighter from yesterday so I didn’t know what to think. Waiting to see what it does is just the hardest thing. At 12 dpo my boobs started hurting very similar to af as well so I figured I was out for sure this month. From the time I started spotting until right now, not much food sounds that good, I’m very tired all the time (thank goodness for time off for the holidays!) I was trying to wait until tomorrow morning to test (14 dpo) but my DH told me I just should get it over with and test tonight. So when he ran uptown I got the only test I had left in the house (first response rapid result) and tested this evening after like an hour hold of my pee. Sure enough, I got a second line! I can’t believe this is actually happening and I thank God for His timing! It’s hard to believe sometimes, but I promise you, He really does know what He’s doing!!!!
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BFP afer 41 cycles at the age of 43!

So, I've been silently stalking this site for some time, looking for inspiration and to help keep my hopes up, and I told myself if I ever was blessed with another BFP, I'd share MY story too, in hopes it will help someone else in similar circumstances:

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